Parents surveyed about child sex offender register

Caroline Taylor.
Caroline Taylor.

The website allows people to request information about serious child sex offenders living in their suburb.

The website, which was launched by the State Government in October, is the first of its kind in Australia.

Lead researcher Caroline Taylor said the study would be the first to try to examine if the website was meeting its aims.

‘The pros and cons of the website have been thrashed out in the public arena and the media since its launch but we want to know what the people who have visited the site or indeed used the site think,’ she said.

We’re hoping to find out if those who are using the website believe it is doing its job ” protecting children and the community from serious child sex offenders.

‘We want to know if people believe the information provided by the website enables them to keep their children safe.’

Prof Taylor said governments around Australia were watching with interest to decide whether to roll out their own version of the website.

‘We know there’s a lot of interest in the website, but more information is needed to find out if the intended efficacy of the website is being realised,’ she said.

People accessing the website will be asked to complete an anonymous survey.

People who have previously accessed the website can complete the survey at apps.chs.ecu.edu.au/surveys/wa-community-protection.